Pigeon peas are a good source of protein and a popular ingredient in ‘Trinbago’ pelau and soups. They are leguminous plants that add Nitogen to the soil. Plants can grow up to 2 metres tall and should be planted during the month of June. Harvesting can be done in approximately 7 months and pods can be picked when they are about 5cm long. Plants thrive well in full sun and well-drained soils. Pigeon peas plants are drought-tolerant and can be grown in areas with reduced rainfall.
Pigeon Peas (Tobago Variety)
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Sorrel is native to West Africa, but is also found in India where it is locally called Chukai. The young shoots and leaves are eaten either raw or as a cooked vegetable while the swollen calyces of the flowers are used in the preparation of beverages, preserves and jellies. Bast fibre can also be collected from the stem and utilized to make rope, yarn and/or textiles.
Pumpkin is a very versatile as all parts of the plant can be utilized for food. The fruit is used both fresh and processed. It can be baked, steam, boiled and processed into a powder for use in drinks and soups. The leaves and flowers are cooked and eaten and even the seeds are roasted and consumed. Pumpkins constitute a good source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B and C.